Come in and Shop at our 3 STEP Thrift Store and Donation Centers!

STEP Thrift Store and Donation Centers are unique thrift store operations providing work opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment. Your purchases and donations make it possible for over 100 retail intern trainees with disabilities to receive employment training and support every month at our store locations as well as over 1000 other individuals to receive vocational and training services in Wayne and Macomb Counties. Retail interns will go on to work many different types of jobs in the community and their retail training at STEP Thrift Stores prepares them very well.

All donation based proceeds are allocated towards the many programs and services created to benefit STEP members. STEP Thrift Store and Donation Centers are owned and operated by Services To Enhance Potential (STEP).

We are currently accepting donations during DONATION HOURS ONLY. Monday-Saturday: 10:00-6:30pm, Sunday: 12:00-4:30pm. If donating furniture, you must call ahead of time to arrange a drop off time.

Questions? Call the thrift store location closest to you. Thank you for your support during this time and always.

  • Dearborn Heights, MI

    STEP_Thrift_Store_Dearborn23830 Ford Rd Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

    Monday-Saturday: 10am-7pm
    Sunday: 12pm-5pm
    Donation Drop Off Hours:
    Monday-Saturday: 10:30am-6:30pm
    Sunday: 12:30pm-4:30pm

  • Wayne MI

    35004 W Michigan Ave Wayne, MI 48184
    (734) 728-9777
    Fax: (734) 713-0411​

    Monday-Saturday: 10am-7pm
    Sunday: 12pm-5pm
    Donation Drop Off Hours:
    Monday-Saturday: 10:30am-6:30pm
    Sunday: 12:30pm-4:30pm

  • Southgate, MI

    13705 Eureka Rd Southgate, MI 48195

    Monday-Saturday: 10am-7pm
    Sunday: 12pm-5pm
    Donation Drop Off Hours:
    Monday-Saturday: 10:30am-6:30pm
    Sunday: 12:30pm-4:30pm

Apply to be a Double Your Difference Partner:

Non-profits in Wayne County, Michigan can apply to be a Double Your Difference Partner with the STEP Thrift Store and Donation Centers. Double Your Difference (DYD) is a program that takes place at our 3 thrift stores where customers can round up their purchase total to the nearest dollar and donate those rounded funds to a selected DYD non-profit partner. Those rounded funds, along with a percentage from each month’s sales are donated back to local non-profits. Total donation amounts vary by month.

Non-profits are asked to complete the form below and a representative from STEP will contact you if your non-profit is selected as that month’s Double Your Difference partner.

STEP is pleased to welcome you to our Thrift Store and Donation Centers! This community-based business enterprise began in June of 2007 with the opening of a store in Wayne, MI. It serves as an opportunity to train and employ individuals with developmental and mental disabilities. We expanded the operation in 2011, adding a second store in Southgate and Dearborn in 2016.

Individuals with employment barriers are often frustrated by the feeling that they are unable to find employers who are sympathetic to their needs and who are willing to take the time  to develop their skills.

By encouraging associates growth in the retail model, new opportunities open up in the workforce as new skills are fostered and groomed.

We strive to serve the individual employee by developing their retail skills that mirror mainstream businesses. This will hopefully allow those employees we serve the opportunity to “Grow and Go” by finding employment in other sections of the community and opening a spot for another associate to enter into our establishment and reap the benefits of retail training and employment.

We welcome our shoppers into our clean and inviting stores to get a great bargain but to also meet our associates.

Another great way to support our mission is to donate your gently used merchandise to the store for resale! All monies received from sale of merchandise and donations is directly used to support the store associates as they grow in retail skills and make steps toward finding a job in the community.

Ways To Give

Donate Goods and Clothing

Bring in gently used donations and receive a tax credit for your contributions. By donating to our stores, you are helping determined individuals build confidence by learning valuable life skills in a community friendly setting. Your contributions give the members of STEP services a chance at empowerment, equality, and self-sustainability.

We are accepting all clothing, household and misc. items during our donation hours.

Request a Donation Pick up

All items must be in a garage, in the drive way, or on a porch the day of the pickup.

We are accepting all clothing, household, and misc. items. To schedule a pick up, there must be a donation of 10+ bags/boxes to be picked up.

We are not able to pick up furniture items at this time; you may schedule a time to drop off furniture items at one of our 3 locations if possible.

When requesting a pick up for a clean out or estate sale let us know and leave your name, call back number, and city the estate is located in.

Top Donation Needs:

  • Gently Used Furniture with staff approval
  • Clothing and linens of all types
  • Shoes and Accessories
  • Antique and Vintage Items
  • CD’s, LP’s and DVD’s
  • Jewelry
  • Toys and Bikes
  • Housewares and electrical including small appliances and microwaves
  • Flat Screen and plasma TV’s

Items We Are Unable to Take

  • Furniture in disrepair or missing parts (not in need of repair or cleaning)
  • Mattresses, box springs, headboards, footboards and bed frames
  • Metal desks or large desks (all desks must be approved by staff prior to donation)
  • Sewing machines in cabinets
  • Entertainment centers
  • Sofa beds
  • Printers and fax machines
  • Organs and Pianos
  • Major Appliances
  • Exercise equipment/skis
  • Built in cabinets, sinks and fixtures
  • Cribs, Car seats, baby furniture and toddler seats
  • Console TV’s, non-Cable Ready, projection and cathode tube tv’s and monitors
  • Firearms, ammunition, fireworks or weapons
  • Paint, building supplies and hard wired electrical unless new in box
  • Non-Functional electrical or electrical missing pieces and printers of any kind
  • Safety Helmets of any kind
  • Bowling Balls, Trophies, skis and ski boots
  • Items of fire hazard
  • Wet or musty clothing and housewares
  • Food and beverages
  • Any item declined by Thrift Store management or staff

**At Wayne Store Only- Due to space and accessibility, we are unable to accept sofas and loveseats